Friday, October 1, 2010

Owning Your Mistakes

This should be a short and sweet blog for Friday.  LeBron James and his dumb manager were interviewed by CNN the other day and they decided to play the race card like the Queen of Spades in a game of Hearts.  Unfortunately, no one else in the world is dumb enough to take this at face value.  Here is what he said, when asked, "Did race play a factor in the negative reaction to The Decision?":

“I think so at times. There’s always a race factor.”

Ok, I get it.  He is generalizing and saying that race is always a factor in every day life.  It absolutely is.  However, in this case, he is using the race card to mask his responsibility in the worst PR move I've ever seen an athlete willingly take part in.  Instead of manning up and saying, "Yeah, I thought that was going to be a better idea than it actually turned out to be.  I understand why people are upset, but I didn't have bad intentions and I apologize."  That pretty much would clean the slate and get him off the hook.  Don't think so?  Check this out:

- Roger Clemens still won't admit to taking steroids.  He currently is on trial for perjury.  His public perception is that he is a liar.

- Barry Bonds could possibly still face charges of perjury as well.  He also refuses to admit that he took anything more than flaxseed oil.  People in San Francisco barely like him let alone the rest of the country.

- Mark McGwire put on one of the single dumbest most embarrassing testimonies in the history of our Congressional courts.  His "I'm not here to talk about the past" catchphrase made him look like an idiot.  HOWEVER, he did come out and admit to using steroids and he apologized just before the baseball season.  We haven't heard from him since and he's been peacefully working as the Cardinals batting coach this entire season.

- Jason Giambi and Andy Pettitte both admitted to using steroids and apologized.  Their transgressions have barely been brought up in the years following.

- Alex Rodriguez admitted to using and apologized.  Though his interview with Peter Gammons was awkward, people have mostly gone back to watching his play on the field rather than worrying about whether or not he's on steroids.

- Tiger Woods had one of the worst years ever.  It took him awhile to come around and publicly apologize, but he did.  And guess what?   No one cares that he's divorced any longer.  The just care about how well he plays at the Ryder Cup. 

The pattern?  Every athlete that owned up to their mistakes has been forgiven (for the most part) and left alone.  I'm sure there are a few fans that talk crap here and there, but the media machine spits you out once it has no more dirt on you.  If Court Jester James would realize that, own his mistake, and apologize everyone would get over it and hate the Heat just a tad bit less. 

The more LBJ decides to hide from taking responsibility, the longer it will follow him.  I really hope their team flops this year.  That would be awesome.  See?  Even I hate their team for no good reason!

1 comment:

GMoney said...

I agree completely. Owning up and apologizing is the best way to go. Americans love giving second chances as long as the person appears sorry for what they did. I said it at the time of the admission that A-Rod would be forgiven. Sure, he's still booed but it isn't any harsher than usual.

And lo and behold, the guy put up another monster season with 30 HR/120+ RBI even after missing 3 weeks of the season.